Eye examinations are important even
if your eyes are in good health. Everyone, irrespective of their age, should
undergo an eye examination at least once a year. When consulting an eye
doctor, you should ask pertinent eye health questions so that you are appraised
about the condition of your eyes.
In this blog, we’ll have a look at some of the common questions that the
patients ask us about eyes:
Is excessive usage of digital devices affecting my eyes?
The blue light emitted from digital devices such as tablets, laptops,
and mobile phones can cause headache and eye strains. Blurred vision, dry
eyes, shoulder pain, and neck pain are some of the symptoms of digital eye strain.
You should make use of spectacles that filter the blue light and do not
let it affect your eyes. Blink at regular intervals and take frequent breaks
when using digital devices. It is recommended to limit the usage of digital
devices to improve the health of your eyes.
How should I take care of my eyesight?
We live in a digital-first world where the mobile phone has become our
important companion. However, too much screen time can cause fatigue in
your eyes. It is important to keep the eyes healthy.
Consuming leafy and green vegetables like kale, spinach, and collard greens
can improve your eye health. You can perform simple eye exercises to
strengthen the muscles of your eyes. Yoga exercises,
when performed regularly, result in boosting your vision.
What comprises a basic eye exam, and how long does it take?
This is one of the most important questions to ask during an eye exam.
A simple eye exam lasts around 15-20 minutes and involves two simple processes.
The first process involves reading the vision (Snellen) chart for distance
amd a near vision chart if you are over forty years of age. At the end
of this test, you would come to know whether you have short-sightedness or
The second process involves the refraction test, where a quick eye inspection
is conducted and your eye power is determined. You may then require a dilated
examination for detailed check up.
Can I use eye drops to address dry eye problems?
Heaviness in eyes, itchy eyes, constant burning sensation, and blurred
vision are some of the common symptoms of dry eyes. Dry eyes is a disorder
that is prominent with the older generation, however with increasing screen
time it is now also being seen in younger population
When discussing dry eyes,
disclose details about any underlying health conditions (e.g. diabetes,
thyroid, blood pressure, etc.) since those conditions can impact your
What type of contact lenses should I wear?
You should go through a comprehensive eye exam before opting for any corrective
measures for your eyes. There are a lot of options as far as contact lenses
are concerned. Single-use disposable contacts are prefered by people who
do not want to spend efforts on maintaining the lenses.
In case you have symptoms of near-sightedness, you can hugely benefit
from Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) lenses that will reshape the cornea
when you sleep. Always keep your eyes protected by wearing sunglasses whenever
you step out wearing contacts.
Do severe health conditions like Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, etc., affect eye health?
It is one of the common questions about eyes that is normally asked by
people who have health issues. High blood pressure affects the vision,
and you should consult an eye-doctor on an urgent basis to retain the health
of your eyes.
Diabetes is another health condition that can impact eye health in a big
way. Though diabetes does not have any visible symptoms, it can lead to
severe consequences like diabetic retinopathy and vision loss.
In this blog, we explored some of the questions to ask an eye doctor that
would ease your tension and keep you prepared to deal with all kinds of
eye problems. It is important to choose eye care specialists like
Centre for Sight with state-of-the-art facilities to address eye problems
like LASIK, Cataract,
eye cancer, and more.
Expert eye doctors at the Centre for Sight will help you resolve common
questions about eyes so that your eyes remain healthy for years to come!
Article: Frequently asked questions when visiting an eye specialist
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Feb 25, 2021 | UPDATED 12:40 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.